NASA's Artemis 1 mission to the Moon sets the stage for routine space exploration beyond Earth's orbit – here's what to expect and why it's important

When the Orion Crew Capsule orbits the Moon there will be no one on board. But the mission will mark a key step in bringing humans back to Earth’s dusty sidekick.

Jack Burns, Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Aug. 26, 2022 ~8 min

Artemis 1: maiden flight of spacecraft set to take humans back to the Moon – here's what needs to go right

Will humans be back on the Moon by 2025? It depends on how well the imminent launch of Artemis-1 goes.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Aug. 25, 2022 ~8 min

Black hole collisions may clarify how fast the universe is expanding

A new technique may provide a unique window into the "teenage" years of the universe that are hard to study with other methods.

Louise Lerner-Chicago • futurity
Aug. 22, 2022 ~7 min

War in Ukraine highlights the growing strategic importance of private satellite companies – especially in times of conflict

Private satellite companies have boomed in recent years, and many experts have wondered what role they would play in a conflict. They have proved to be invaluable to Ukraine in recent months.

Mariel Borowitz, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
Aug. 15, 2022 ~9 min

Webb images reveal one of the earliest galaxies ever found

Images from the James Webb Space Telescope show what might be one of the earliest galaxies ever discovered, researchers report.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
Aug. 9, 2022 ~7 min

‘Black widow’ star ate its pal to set a new record

A neutron star has consumed a huge part of its nearby companion and grown to become the heaviest ever found, astronomers report.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 5, 2022 ~11 min

Curious Kids: is it possible to see what is happening in distant solar systems now?

Albert Einstein might have the answer.

Jacco van Loon, Astronomer, Keele University • conversation
Aug. 2, 2022 ~5 min

Chinese Astronauts Set Up New Laboratory on Space Station

VOA Learning English • voa
July 27, 2022 ~4 min

Researchers 3D print sensors for satellites

Cheap and quick to produce, these digitally manufactured plasma sensors could help scientists predict the weather or study climate change.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
July 27, 2022 ~7 min

Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station could mean the early demise of the orbital lab – and sever another Russian link with the West

The head of the Russian space agency announced that the country will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024. A space policy expert explains what this means and why it’s happening now.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, Air University • conversation
July 26, 2022 ~7 min